In ‘Baby you can ride my bike’ Gillie and Marc’s iconic characters, Dogman and Rabbitgirl, are depicted sipping cappuccino on a Vespa in a similar pose to their work ‘It takes two’ which is on permanent public display in Paddington. That particular sculpture has become so beloved by locals that it’s frequently dressed up for holidays and special occasions, and has become one of the most photographed spots in the area. ‘Baby you can ride my bike’ is in fibreglass and high gloss red paint – one of Gillie and Marc’s signature styles made famous by their Lost Dog series.
Gillie and Marc use their art to tell their own remarkable love story, and to comment on the way humans interact with the world and deny or embrace their animal instincts. The artists choose to depict Dogman and Rabbitgirl, the ultimate odd couple, enjoying simple pleasures like drinking coffee to suggest that through embracing some of our more animalistic qualities we might all be able to find genuine happiness in the simple things. The Vespa has become a consistent motif in Gillie and Marc’s work as it symbolises the spirit of adventure, travel and freedom that we all have in us.